Back in the day, folks had fewer material possessions, so they used their imagination — and resources at hand — to create cheery Christmas decorations. Reader Lucan had fond memories of the lighted outdoor pie pan Christmas trees of her childhood — and handily recreated one for herself. Get yee some pot pies (Pam says that one of her favorite comfort foods is Marie Calendar’s chicken pot pie — the big two-serving one, who ya kidding, comfort food needs to be eaten in large portions)… eat ’em up… get a string of lights… and some stray plywood… and you will soon be in pie plate Christmas tree business.
What an awesome idea — but Pam and I wondered — doesn’t aluminum conduct electricity, which would cause anyone who touched the tree to get a big shock?
Good news, Lucan thought of this and responded:
I did ask before making the pie pan tree. The bulbs go through holes in the wood, so the metal of the bulb does not touch the metal on the pie pan. The wood separates them. I made it about six years ago and have never had a problem.
Well done, Lucan, especially for making sure to follow the NOEL rule — that is — NO Electric Lights on aluminum trees, whether they are made of pie pans or not. Stay smart and safe this holiday readers, and when DIY-ing with electricity, make sure to consult with a properly licensed professional.